In Oak Park, it's hard to associate the name Wright with anything other than Frank Lloyd. The iconic architect's presence is felt throughout the village. His inspiration continues more than 50 years after his death. But two years ago, one music historian embarked on a mission to ensure that one influence on Frank Lloyd Wright's style would be heard.
Oak Park has gotten its feet back on the ground, financially speaking, and this may spur a change in how the planning for next year's budget is conducted. The village board held its initial budget discussion, Aug. 6, and the finance committee will be reviewing the subject in depth at its next meeting on Aug. 20.
The Village of Oak Park's website has needed a revamp for a while. The current site that was built in 2001 for $67,400 has served the village well, he said, it's time for an overhaul. The village board gave approval for the project when it approved a contract, Aug. 6, in an amount not to exceed $75,000 to Breakthrough Technologies, an Evanston-based company.
Tucked behind 1145 S. Humphrey Ave. in Oak Park is a carriage house that's become famous for attracting daring kids hoping for a peek inside the vacant property, but recently it has attracted unwanted visitors that have made neighbors wary about being outside after dark.
Oak Park has only seen a taste of the food-cart trend that has stirred up discussions in many municipalities, but recent complaints from market events brought the topic before the village board for consideration on Monday. The village has only a handful of ice cream vendors and one coffee shop/doughnut cart that fall into the category regulated by Oak Park's peddling ordinance.
A new one-stop resale shop for teenagers and young women will soon fill a vacant space on Harrison Street in the Oak Park Arts District. Although the exact opening date isn't set, Traci Weathers and Pamela Walls hope to open Society Girls Shop as early as September at 128 Harrison St.
Oak Park residents waiting to see the development design for the corner of Lake Street and Forest Avenue by Sertus Capital Partners will have to wait a bit longer. The building permit submission deadline for the 20-story commercial development is Sept. 1, but the board approved a 60-day extension request from the developer on Monday.